It’s a tough life for those of us looking for a high-end smartphone, especially if you’re one of the clever ones looking for an Android. While the benefit of the open-market aspects of the Android community allow other companies to innovate freely and produce a superior product, the “drawback” is that consumers get stuck sorting out the good from the best.
But fear not! Of all of the possible choices on the market, here are the best. (And for those of you on a budget who still want quality, we’ve added a bonus option at the very end.)
Galaxy Note 5
The absolutely gorgeous Galaxy Note 5 is a great purchase, continuing in the grand tradition of the top-of-the line Galaxy Note dynasty. This model offers all of the bonus trimmings like speedy wireless charging, and they even add the Exynos processor, great RAM, and the phenomenal 16 megapixel camera. Don’t forget the ever useful S Pen innovation – as long as you put the stylus back in place the correct way every time.
The Nexus 6P was always going to be on this list – there’s no denying it’s a leader in the Android market. It comes with Marshmallow, allowing for fast processing, and you can get updates before anyone else. You get an awesome 12.3 megapixel camera, a fingerprint reader on the back, a Quad HD display, a metal body, support for Google Project Fi. Sure, it doesn’t allow wireless charging or expandable storage, but this shouldn’t be a big deal for the average consumer who doesn’t need every single bell and whistle.
BlackBerry? No, it’s not a typo. And that physical keyboard? It’s a great tactile alternative to the slippery surface of every other smartphone. Plus you have to love that BlackBerry has been working on keeping consumer data safe with exceptional encryption, even before the likes of Google and Apple decided jumped on board. To be honest, there are a few problems with the software. But with additional features like the wide HD screen and expandable storage, definitely not enough to knock the Priv out of the running for top smartphone.
Many an Android user fawned over the Nexus 5, so LG decided to not fix what wasn’t broke – actually, they improved on it. It’s the same great camera quality that leaves any iPhone in the dust, same readiness to update, but it comes with a comfy polycarbonate shell, fingerprint reader and a high pixel density screen that doesn’t seem to quite. Plus, it comes with a very competitive average price of about $379 for a 16 GB model.
Moto X Pure
A bigger screen is just the beginning of the Motorola’s bid to improve on the Moto X legacy. The 5.7 inch screen’s quality isn’t actually as sharp as something on the Galaxy Note, but the Pure has a monster 128GB expandable storage capacity – due to its microSD card support – that the Note can’t touch. Also, the Pure uses Moto Maker to offer customers great ways to customize the look of their phone.
… AND BONUS – OnePlus X
If you can live without a fingerprint scanner, then the OnePlus X might the most affordable smartphone on the market that doesn’t sacrifice technology to create a low price point. It comes in at a cool $249, and with that you get a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage and a 13-megapixel camera. Also, it’s quite a looker – no one will guess that you got it for a steal.